Monday, November 1, 2010

App Design Process

Discover> Define> Design> Develop> Deploy> Document.
Design and Development are interchangeable and should be revisited many times.

The Three most important to initial app development in this class are.

Discovery & Research:
-What are users' primary goals and how can they achieve them?

-Which information is of higher importance? How do I draw user' attention to them?
-How should I incorporate the user feedback?

-Prototyping offers a huge opportunity for increasing process efficiency?

For the next class you should prepare: A Discovery Document.

Which includes:

App Brief and Document:
- Introduction to App
- Project Goals
- Application Specifications

User Persona:
- Age, Home, Family Status, Work, Interests, Approach to the App, Wow Factor, & Apps he or she may already own.

Mood Board:
- This functions similar to the persona but is a visual representation of who the consumer is.
- Should be designed and incorporate photographic, illustrative and typographic elements.

- Simple visual layout apps screens and functions.
- Can be very simple, line art and boxes really.

Further Development of the Discovery Document should entail:

- Paper prototypes, sketches with cut out buttons, photographed and used to refine layout possibilities.
- Style screens, one from each level of the app showing design and function details.
- Possible additional features for further updates of the app.
- Further develop wireframe and begin to skin the app based on your style frames.
- Decent style frames can easily be turned into a motion presentation for potential investor.

(Thanks, Bryan).

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